Nov. 11, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team opened up its 2013-14 season Saturday with a 69-59 win over Georgia Southern. The Tigers picked up the win on the back of a few standout individual performances while it was also a special day for some new players.
With her start against Georgia Southern in the season-opener, Katie Frerking became the fifth freshman in the last 10 years at Auburn to start in their first game as a Tiger. Others that have started their first game as a true freshman are Sherell Hobbs (2005), DeWanna Bonner (2005), Morgan Jennings (2008) and Hasina Muhammad (2011).
Auburn's defense made team history in the season-opener as the Tigers forced a 10-second backcourt violation on Georgia Southern at the 10:24 mark of the second half. This is the first year for the 10-second backcourt rule in women's college basketball.
With eight newcomers on the roster, several Tigers are seeing their first action in an Auburn uniform. In the season-opener against Georgia Southern, freshman Katie Frerking and junior college transfer Kiani Parker recorded their first career start. Freshmen Meagan Tucker and Khady Dieng, and junior college transfer Melinda Brimfield also logged their first minutes as a Tiger.
With Auburn's 69-59 win over Georgia Southern, the Tigers are now 35-8 all-time in season-openers and 23-3 when opening the season at home. Auburn has now won 23 straight home season-openers.
Senior Peyton Davis became the first Tiger this season to notch a double-double, doing so with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia Southern. It was the third double-double of her career.
Senior Tyrese Tanner led Auburn and logged a new career high with five assists vs. Georgia Southern. Fellow senior Peyton Davis tied her career high for points (15) and field goals (6) against the Eagles.
MOVING ON UP
Tyrese Tanner's 17 points against GSU move her into a tie for 30th all-time at Auburn in career scoring with 971 points. She is now tied with Laticia Morris, who played at Auburn from 1995-97. Tanner is 11 points away from tying Diann McNeil (982) for 29th all-time at Auburn in career scoring, 17 from tying Tara Williams (988) for 28th, 29 from scoring her 1,000th and 40 from tying Helene Baroody (1,011) for 27th.
50 AT HOME
Wednesday night's game against in-state rival Jacksonville State will be the 50th Auburn women's basketball game played in Auburn Arena. The Tigers are 32-17 through 49 games in the facility.
The Auburn women's basketball team will return to the court at 6 p.m. CT, Wednesday as the Tigers host Jacksonville State. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. It is one of 13 remaining home games on the Tigers' schedule this season that includes games against Tulane, St. John's, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia and in-state rival Alabama.
Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $50. New for the season, fans can purchase the Auburn Women's Basketball Flex Pack. The Flex Pack offers fans the opportunity to purchase six games of their choice for $24. Flex Packs went on sale on Oct. 21 and single-game tickets will go on sale on Nov. 4. For more information on tickets, go to AUBTix.com or call 1-855-282-2010.